Haaretz has published the lowest of the low, an op-ed by a settler activist attempting to appropriate Rosa Parks for the sake of the settler movement:
Once upon a time there was a black woman; her name was Rosa Parks. There were racially discriminating laws in the United States, but she continued to sit on the bus even when she was told to vacate her seat for a white person. She was arrested, which set off a process whose end saw the abolishment of racial segregation on American buses. How is it possible that one little black woman, a dressmaker by profession, could change history simply because she remained sitting? Her protest was stronger than any demonstration, op-ed piece or Knesset vote. She opted for the natural choice; that is why she was triumphant.
Every so often here I trot out that magnificent piece of anti-McCarthy oratory by Joseph C. Welch and it seems so appropriate here:
You have done enough. Have you no sense of decency sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?
…Mr. McCarthy…If there is a God in heaven, it will do neither you nor your cause any good…
For the settlers to attempt to dress their cause in the raiment of the American civil rights movements is odious and offensive when their cause is ipso facto racist to the core. I don’t know who they think they’re appealing to with this fraudulent pap. Do they think ignorant Americans will buy this load of manure? Do they take us for complete fools?
We should remember that no matter how insulting this line of argument may be for Americans who know something about their history, this is the type of treatment that the settlers inflict on Israelis virtually every day. They twist the political truth and defile moral decency in their desperate attempt to blackmail the Israeli public into cooperating with their delusions of manifest destiny, Israel-style.
H/t to Mary Hughes.